Generac and DR Portable Generators recalled due to Finger Amputation and Crush Hazards

Starting date:
July 29, 2021
Posting date:
July 29, 2021
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-76007

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Generac® and DR® 6500 watt and 8000 watt portable generators.
  • Issue: An unlocked handle can pinch consumers' fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards.
  • What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable generators, unless the locking pin has been inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, and contact Generac for a free repair kit.

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Affected products

Generac and DR 6500 watt and 8000 watt portable generators

Product description

This recall involves Generac and DR 6500 watt and 8000 watt gasoline-powered portable generators. The portable generators have two-wheels and a single, U-shaped, two-grip, flip-up pin-lock handle to help move the generator. Only the generators listed below are included in this recall.

 

Generac Portable Generator Models Affected:
Unit Type Model Number First Serial Number Last Serial Number
GP6500 G0076720 All All
G0076800
G0076800R
G0076812
G0076830
G0076830R
G0076902
G0076902R
G0076903
GP6500E G0076820 All All
G0076820R
G0076822
GP8000E G0076731 All All
G0076751
G0076751R
G0076761
G0076761R
G0076861
G0076861R
Homelink 6500E G0068650 All All
G0068651
G0079960
XT8000E G0064330 All All
G0064331 3000037849 3005569372
G0064340 All All
G0064342
XT8000EFI G0071620 All All
G0071621 3003336356 3006597843
G0071621R All All

DR Portable Generator Models Affected:
Unit Type Model Number First Serial Number Last Serial Number
PRO 6500E GP16505DEN All All
PRO 6500M GP16505DMN All All

The model number and serial number can be found on the data plate, attached to the frame of the generator.

Hazard identified

The folding handle on the generators can pinch the user's fingers, posing an amputation and crush hazard, unless the locking pin has been properly inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator.

As of June 29, 2021, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada. In the United States, the company has received 8 reports of finger injuries, including seven reports of finger amputation and one crush injury.

Number sold

The company reported that approximately 4,574 units of the affected product were sold in Canada and approximately 321,160 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from June 2013 to June 2021.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States of America and China.

Companies

Distributor
Generac Power Systems, Inc.
Waukesha
Wisconsin
UNITED STATES
Manufacturer
Generac Power Systems, Inc.
Jefferson
Wisconsin
UNITED STATES

Images (select thumbnail to enlarge - opens in a new window)


What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable generators, unless the locking pin has been properly inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, and contact Generac for a free repair kit. 

For more information, consumers may contact Generac Power Systems, Inc. by telephone toll-free at 1-844-242-3493 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT Monday to Friday, or accessing the Generac website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.